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4 Tips for Dominating Business Travel

Navigating the Airport like You Own the Place

Traveling to far and distant places has become the norm in the corporate world. It can be a bit aggravating, especially if you’re required to do it often. Think about all the time you have to spend away from home, away from your friends and family. Don’t forget the hassle of living out of a suitcase for days on end only to get home and unpack and start it all over again in a week or two. Not to mention, the airport can be one of the most frightening places on earth, with the crowds, the long lines and the unpredictable moods of many airport patrons. However, there are ways that you can plan ahead before each business trip to ensure you breeze through the airport every time you fly.

Just follow these tips and you’ll become a business travel pro in no time, navigating airports all over the country like you own the place.

Dress Appropriately

Once you have your flight and work itinerary in place, you can then decide on the right traveling attire for your needs. If you don’t have to go straight to a meeting, then comfort and ease should be your priority. Make sure you wear slip on shoes and leave the belt in your bag along with any other unnecessary accessories so you don’t waste precious time taking them off and putting them back on in airport security.

In the event that you do have to leave the airport and head straight to the office or a business dinner, you should try and dress professionally, but not at the risk of sacrificing your comfort and appearance either. You can still wear loafers or slip on shoes as long as they’re work appropriate to save time in airport security, but you may want to consider fabrics that won’t wrinkle and muss your appearance, no matter how long you’re on that flight.

Pack Smart

One of the best tips we could give you in regards to traveling like a pro for any kind of trip out of town is to get your packing skills down to a science. It seems like the majority of airlines continue tacking on fee upon fee for checking bags, so more people are trying to put everything they need for their trip in a carry-on bag. Most business trips don’t last more than a few days, which makes it a lot easier to fit everything you need into one bag.

One of the easiest ways to free up space in your carry-on is to roll your clothes. Each roll can contain an entire day’s outfit including socks and when done properly, can minimize the space your clothes take up. Also, if you’re able to pack just one pair of shoes and belt, do so. Just pack a different colored shirt, extra ties, or some scarves, and you can easily make one outfit look like two with a little bit of creative accessorizing.

Most hotel rooms also provide toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, and even toothbrushes and toothpaste. When you use the products they provide, you don’t have to pack your own. Besides, airlines put a size limit on the bottles you can bring on board, so if yours are too big, you may end up having to trash them before your flight.

Research Your Airport

Honestly, the best thing you can do to make sure you’re able to navigate the airport is to research it before you go. Every airport has a map of their facilities online that gives details of gate locations, terminal drop off and pick up points, and even restaurants and gift shops. Review the map online and then print it off before you leave. Even if it’s your first time at that particular airport, you’ll be able to breeze through it as though you were there every week.

Utilize a Car Service

If you really want to appear as though you know what you’re doing when it comes to business travel, take the time to reserve a car service to and from the airport. For the trip to the airport, the chauffeur will help you with your bags, deal with traffic, and drop you off at the nearest gate. You won’t have to worry about paying for parking or leaving your car in an airport parking lot for an extended period of time.

When you arrange for a car service to pick you up from the airport, especially in a city with which you aren’t familiar, you don’t have to worry about getting lost. The chauffeurs know the city like the back of their hand. They know the fastest routes, the best restaurants, and can make quite the first impression when you pick up a business colleague or potential client for dinner.

Traveling for business doesn’t always have to be a headache. When you plan ahead and make the appropriate arrangements before you even leave for the airport, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get used to air travel.

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George Rains
Executive Vice President of Global Operations at ZBest Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation Services.